“[Caleb said] I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land…But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God….It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.” Josh 14:7-12 (ESV)
When Moses sent the 12 spies into the land, they all saw the same thing: the land was good and the people guarding it were strong. Joshua and Caleb believed that since God had promised them that land, he would give them grace to battle the opposition and overcome it. The other ten spies saw the problem as bigger than the promise.
There is a direct correlation between the Caleb following the Lord wholeheartedly and believing that God would give them grace to overcome an enemy that was bigger and stronger than they. He could not follow God and live in unbelief at the same time. If he was going to choose to be part of what God was doing, he had to choose to believe that God’s power was greater than the problems and challenges that he could see with his eyes.
At age 85, Caleb fought the enemy in the land and conquered them. Caleb’s willingness to follow God had its rewards. His inheritance was some of the best land.
What big thing is God doing that he is inviting you to be a part of? When the circumstances look bleak, will we be like Caleb and see that God is bigger than the problem?